Rhode Island College adds Bland as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Rhode Island College has named Josh Bland as an assistant men’s basketball coach. He will assist Head Coach Tom Glynn with all phases of the RIC men’s basketball program.
“I would like to thank Tom and Athletic Director Don Tencher for welcoming me into the Anchorman Family,” Bland said. “I look forward to getting to know the players and the top flight staff at RIC. It is an honor to join a program with such a rich tradition. I am very excited to get started helping the young men in the men’s basketball program become their very best on and off the court as we work to bring the LEC championship back to Rhode Island.”
“We are very fortunate to add a coach to our staff with the experience Josh brings,” Glynn said. “He played a key role in helping teams reach the NCAA Tournament and win conference championships. I’m confident he will make a great impact here, both on the court and on the recruiting trail.”
Bland was the varsity coach for the Rhode Island Magic AAU program for the past two seasons. He spent two seasons as the athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach at City on a Hill Public Charter High School (New Bedford, Mass.).
He has a wealth of college coaching experience, most recently serving as the assistant coach at Oberlin College (Ohio) from 2013-17. He helped coach the Yeomen to the program’s best record in 30 years during the 2015-16 season.
Bland was the associate head men’s basketball coach at Bridgeport from 2002-11. The Purple Knights averaged over 20 wins per season, earned six NCAA Div. II Tournament appearances and he helped recruit and develop nearly 30 professional players during his tenure.
He served as an assistant coach at Div. I Yale from 2000-02 and helped the Bulldogs win their first Ivy League title since 1962.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Fort Lewis College in 1998.
In addition to his coaching duties, Bland is a biology teacher at Highlander Charter School (Providence).
Bland resides in Providence with his wife and son.


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